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- Severe twists
- Pain, often severe
- Swelling and tenderness
- Inability to move finger without pain or difficulty
- Possible deformity at fracture site
- Putting the pieces of the bone back in place, which in some cases may require anesthesia and/or surgery
- Keeping the pieces together while the bone heals itself
Do not put yourself at risk for trauma to the fingers:
- Learn to practice correct technique in sports. Wear proper padding and safety equipment when participating in sports or physical activities.
- Eat a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D.
- Do weight-bearing and upper body-strengthening exercises to build strong bones.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://www.aaos.org
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine http://www.sportsmed.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org
ACR Appropriateness Criteria for acute hand and wrist trauma. National Guideline Clearinghouse website. Available at: http://www.guideline.gov/content.aspx?id=13662. Published 1998. Updated 2008. Accessed July 7, 2009.
Fracture of the finger. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00257. Updated October 2007. Accessed July 7, 2009.
- Reviewer: John C. Keel, MD
- Review Date: 09/2012 -
- Update Date: 00/92/2012 -